New technology to become part of Invista's nylon production

New technology could soon join the mix at Invista to improve production of adiponitrile, a key ingredient in nylon 6.6.

The culmination of more than $40 million in research and development, the technology offers benefits such as improved product yields, lower CO2 emissions, lower capital investment and ease of operation.

It also virtually eliminates benzene from the production process.

The change is a significant improvement over what was already the world's most advanced ADN technology, Bill Greenfield, executive vice-president of Invista's nylon intermediates business, said in an Invista news release.

"For example, Invista's existing processes use six times less electricity than alternative production technologies and results in significantly lower CO2 emissions," he said. "Invista's newest generation of ADN technology extends these advantages even further."

The company has utilized the new technology for more than two years at a pilot-scale facility in Orange and has the option to bring it to existing facilities in Victoria, Orange and an under-construction plant in China.

"We are now ready to deploy the new technology at a commercial scale," Greenfield said, noting a formal announcement regarding locations and timing will follow in coming weeks.